Triple Shoot Offense Defined

The Triple Shoot Offense is a systems oriented, no-huddle, 4 receiver, 1 back attack that is balanced in its ability to run or pass the ball at any time during a game. It is predicated on spreading the field and attacking a pre-ordered defense with blocking and route adjustments after the play begins. The TSO Quarterback is taught to run the system from underneath the Center as well as out of the Shotgun. There are games where the ratio of Shotgun to “Under the Center” can vary drastically, based on the feelings of the coach implementing the system.

Ordering Up The Defense

The concept of “ordering up the defense” is one that I learned from “Tiger” Ellison. His concept was to place a label on each defensive man (numbering), and from that to designate a specific defender that would tell his players what to do, either by the place he lined up before the ball was snapped or by his movement after the snap.

The Triple Shoot Offense took that information and decided to look at defensive alignments based on the way they matched up to a 4 receiver, one-back formation and designated defenses as either Nickel, Dime, Blitz or they were considered unsound. Nickel looks are based on six men in the box with one free safety, Dime looks have five men in the box with two safeties and Blitz is recognized when there are seven defenders in the box and no safety over the top. Anything else is an unsound defense that we hope a team is willing to attempt.

In order to keep defenses in these alignments we utilize a variety of concepts, from widening our inside receivers to calling specific plays that put a bind on any defender that tries to play both the front and the coverage. When we get to the point where we can do this, the offense is at its most optimum in production.

The Hot Pass

When the defense chooses to put a defender in a bind whereby he is playing both the front & the coverage the QB will execute a Hot Pass with his Uncovered receiver.

I learned the QB techniques to this throw back in 1991 from Ben Griffith I have seen them executed from the Youth Leagues to the Professional level. Once upon a time, David Klingler used these fundamentals and threw to what he considered an Uncovered Receiver from the old college hashmark all the way across the field  to the Z-receiver. He was compelled to do this because the wide-field Corner was playing 15 yards off the line of scrimmage!

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